Fall Protection and Prevention
- Training is required prior to using personal fall protection equipment.
- 100% fall protection is required for all work performed at heights 6-feet or greater.
- Personal fall protection equipment must be inspected, used, maintained and stored according to manufacturer instructions. Load labels or stamps must be intact and clearly visible on all fall protection equipment.
- Never use any damaged fall protection equipment. Promptly remove from service any defective equipment – Destroy or discard.
- Personal fall protection must be worn in all aerial lift devices. The length of the lanyard must be short enough to prevent the wearer from being ejected from the platform.
- Workers must use 3-points of contact whenever climbing ladders and climbing on/off tall equipment.
Fall Protection During Excavation
- Fall Prevention and Protection during open excavations and trenches 6-feet and greater in depth varies depending on site specifics.
- If the excavation site is sloped according to OSHA standards, the use of fall prevention systems at the edge of the trench or excavation are not mandatory.
- However, when an open trench or excavation of 6-feet or deeper has a leading edge, it must have an awareness barrier installed at least 6-feet back from the open edge of the excavation. This barrier can be high-visibility orange safety fence attached to T-posts, warning lines or a similar method.
- Trenches and excavations that have a straight drop off, such as in sheeting operations or with trench shields, will require a fall prevention or protection system. Standard guardrails, warning line systems, or PFAS may be used in any effective combination.
All projects and tasks where the use of PFAS are required must complete an analysis on how an individual will be rescued if suspended in the air after a fall and the PFAS has deployed. The rescue plan must be added to the Fall Protection AHA and project HASP.
Methods of rescue may include the following:
- PFAS accessory equipment that enables the worker to perform self-rescue.
- A system for rescue by co-workers – typically an aerial device or extension ladder, if this can be done safely.
- A way of calling a qualified rescue squad and/or Fire/EMS agency with suspended rescue capability.
Odin requires all full body harnesses to be equipped with trauma suspension straps to prevent orthostatic intolerance caused by the pinching effects of the harness on the femoral arteries.